Description - The Leaf Wilderness covers 960 acres in the flood plains of the Leaf River. The wilderness area lies between Benndale and McLain, in southern Mississippi.
- The Leaf Wilderness is a 960-acre tract located in the flood plains of the Leaf River. All but the western edge of the wilderness, which is uplands, consist of meandering sloughs, oxbow lakes, and level terrain. Vegetation is mostly loblolly-shortleaf pine forest and oak-gum-cypress-spruce pine on the river bottoms. Access to this area is from the 1.5 mile hiking trail, the Leaf Trail. No user fees are charged.
This area is not handicap accessible.
Recreation - The primary recreation activity in this wilderness is hiking. Motorized, horseback, and bicycle travel are not permitted in the wilderness.
Climate - Year-round hiking is available on the Leaf Trail; however, the most comfortable seasons are in the fall, winter, and spring, when the temperature is cooler, and the insects are not so prevalent. During rainy seasons, caution should be exercised for possible flooding.
The Wilderness is located on the De Soto National Forest. It sits to the east side of State Highway 57, approximately 10 miles north of Benndale, and six miles south of McClain in southern Mississippi.